Spinning Pop is about iconic people, places and events of our day – Popular culture arts.  Recorded visually through daily compilations of manipulated digital images. The resulting images are posted online and disseminated via online media and social networks. The work is diaristic in nature, intended to metaphorically record a spectator’s experience of the contemporary digital age from a popular culture arts perspective.  The resulting work intentionally has a painterly aesthetic acknowledging my historical painting practice.  With 6.7 billion human faces surviving on this planet, these images portray historically a glimpse of a notary event or face for each particular day.

Barry Wingard the 41 year old US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel of 28 years service and a Judge Advocate General (JAG) has written a damning condemnation of the dual US legal systems. In an Aljazeera article, Wingard states “Why does the US assert its right to hold human beings for life without trial in its never-ending battle against "terror"? The only justification that I can see is "because it can"…the most visible example of "American justice" has been the confinement of Muslims at Guantanamo Bay without a trial of any kind… For 10 years, the US has clearly demonstrated it applies one set of legal rules to Americans and another to non-Americans. The first set respects due process, the rule of law, individual rights and the concept of innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately, the second set involves enhanced interrogation, indefinite detention and a presumption of guilt without any opportunity to prove innocence.”  Inspired by Barry Wingard ow.ly/8Szjl Only justification is “because it can” (February 10th)

Adapting Pop Art’s notion of mass media imagery into the context of the contemporary digital age, the work draws on a myriad points of reference. Utilizing fractured images to provide an allusion to the digital noise pounding away daily into our sub consciousness.  This popular culture art diverges from the traditional Pop Art notion of a pronounced repetition of a consumer icon, instead focusing on the deluge of contemporary digital content.  The compilation of the fragmented imagery is vividly distractive, not unlike cable surfing or a jaunt through Times Square.

Crowded groups of dots so dense (January 12th) Crowded groups of dots so dense (January 12th)

This popular culture art is premised on the belief that Pop art in its beginnings, freeze-framed what consumers of popular culture experienced into iconic visual abstractions.  With the advent of the techno age, visual information circulates in such quantities, so rapidly and exponentially, that to comprehend a fraction of it all becomes a kind of production process in itself.

These diaristic popular culture art works, metaphorically record a spectator’s experience of the contemporary digital age, and are presented as individual pieces printed with Archival-Inks on Cottonrag-paper, along with monthly published editions, and monthly looped video compilations.

Tasked with simply igniting a spark (January 22nd) Tasked with simply igniting a spark (January 22nd)

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Spinning Pop 2013 – records the daily image creations of 2013

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Spinning Pop 2012 – records the daily image creations of 2012

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Spinning Pop 2011 – records the daily image creations of 2011

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Spinning Pop 2010 – records the daily image creations of 2010

- acknowledgment to all you known and unknown collaborators for supplying much of the initial source material online for us all to experience the years that were.

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